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Ministry of Education bans Mock and Joint Examinations for all Schools

Ministry of Education bans Mock and Joint Examinations for all Schools

The Ministry of Education has banned all mock and joint examinations for all schools.

The ministry emphasized its intent to address the growing number of incidents of school unrest.

The statement read in part, “The purpose of this circular is to ask you to bring to the attention of all schools within your jurisdiction and take corrective measures to stop any occurrence.”

In addition,  Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang instructed all schools not to conduct inter-school examinations because the program would interfere with the school calendar.

Kipsang added that the decision was reached following a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on Education and the Special Investigation Team, respectively chaired by David Koech and Claire Omollo.

Previously, the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) advocated for the prohibition of practice exams administered jointly.

Further, the association suggested that the ministry implement additional strategies to ensure order in the education sector.

In previous proposals, the ministry sought to supplant simulated exams with Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs), arguing that schools had commercialized the practice.

According to the ministry, school disruptions were causing increased tension in schools, especially boarding schools. These strikes were prompted by a number of obstacles encountered by students and their demands for improved conditions.

Teachers from various schools complained that transfer students were conducting strikes and destroying schools.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) expressed concern about student strikes in 2021, which were reportedly sparked by the ministry’s announcement of shortened half-term breaks.

Omboko Milemba, the chairman of the union, explained that midterm breaks are necessary for students to alleviate stress and enable their parents to counsel them before returning to school.

Ministry of Education bans Mock and Joint Examinations for all Schools

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